When: Monday, April 14, 3 - 5 pm
Where: Gallery 400, 400 South Peoria Street
Sponsors: The Asian American Studies Program and Asian Studies, IRRPP, AANAPISI Initiative, Gallery 400, The Social Justice Initiative
Cambodian Son documents the life of deported poet, Kosal Khiev after receiving the most important performance invitation of his career—to represent the Kingdom of Cambodia at the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Kosal would travel to London having only taken two flights prior; first, as a 1-year-old refugee child whose family fled Cambodia and, then as a 32-year-old criminal “alien” forcibly returned to Cambodia in 2011. Armed only with memorized verses, he must face the challenges of being a deportee while navigating his new fame as Phnom Penh’s premiere poet. After the performances end and the London stage becomes a faint memory, Kosal is once again left alone to answer the central question in his life: “How do you survive when you belong nowhere?”
Winner of the “Best 2014 Documentary” from the Center for Asian American Media. Cambodian Son is presented as part of the “Migrations, (Dis)placements, and Resistance Film Series"
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